Dan Seng Lawn (Kachinland Research Centre)
Director, Kachinland Research Centre, Kachin State, Myanmar
P4P Medium Grant Recipient
Texts and images as historical artefacts of representation, exclusion, instability, imagination and democracy in modern Kachin History
In order to shed light on the current transition period in Myanmar, this project uncovers historical memories from the post-Independence decade though the examination of discourses of representation, instability and exclusion that are embedded in the newspapers of the earlier historical period.
During the first stage of the project, a two-day long public conference in Myitkyina provoked and examined historical memory of the parliamentary period. Scholars as well as elders were invited to discuss the parliamentary period and the role of the leading newspaper such as Nation and Jinghpaw Prat in articulating a notion of Kachin identity.
The second part of the project included conducting archival research on the leading newspapers of the period. Complete archival records of these publications are held at the British Library in London.
Duration: August to December 2018
About Kachinland Research Centre
Kachinland Research Centre, a non-profit research organization headquartered in Myitkyina, Kachin State, was founded in 2015 as a constituent member of Humanity Institute, an umbrella organization focusing on human rights issues, education and media. Since 2017 KRC has become an independent Research Organisation. The aim of KRC is to promote social science research, engage in critical conversations about Kachin society, and build a comprehensive data bank of Kachinland. In order to materialize that goal, the Centre is publishing research works in Kachin, Burmese and English languages, and one annual peer reviewed journal in English, and lecturing in education institutions. During the course of its formation the Centre has built up an effective research network throughout Kachin State and Northern Shan State by doing field research, participating as a resource centre in the conferences, seminars and workshops in collaboration with several international and local organisations and networks.
About Dan Seng Lawn
Dan Seng Lawn is a passionate researcher, lecturer, and an engaging political analyst and consultant with an insightful first-hand knowledge of Myanmar politics in general and Kachin State politics in particular following its political reform process closely by participating in the negotiation process between EAOs and the successive Governments. Ever since he had returned back to Myanmar in June 2015, after completion of his master’s degree in politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, he has been actively working as a researcher, lecturer, political analyst and consultant in Kachin State.